Phnom Penh, 01st August 2018 - The Embassy of Sweden signed an agreement to provide funding to support the Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia (ACAC) to train young people in the culinary career and improve the quality of the Cambodia’s hospitality sector.
The Swedish support to this second three-year phase of ACAC is amounts to 2 million US dollars, and the Academy will provide the hospitality industry in Cambodia with qualified, trained and certified culinary professionals through high quality and innovative educational programs.
“A fast-growing number of youth joining Cambodia’s labour market is finding it difficult to get the good jobs for lack of appropriate skills. Employers in the hospitality sector are turning to skilled workers from elsewhere in the region to fill the void. This skill gap among Cambodian workers reflects the lack of appropriate high-quality vocational and technical training institutions,” said Mr. Pierre Tami, CEO of the ACAC.
“The objective of ACAC is to contribute to skills development and employment opportunities for Cambodian youth by establishing an international standard school that will meet the ASEAN Minimum Competency Standard for tourism as well as the Swiss Standards for culinary education,” Mr. Tami continued.
Cambodia faces increased competition in the tourism sector both regionally and globally. Demand for highly skilled labour in the culinary and hospitality sector remains high, and Cambodia experienced an increase in tourism in 2017 and new developments in the hotel sector are on the way in 2018. ACAC is a new hospitality training institute established as a public private partnership to deal with rapid growth of tourism industry in the country. It is the first culinary academy in Cambodia with an international hospitality curriculum that aligns with ASEAN and Swiss standards.
“Access to education is one of the main focused areas for Sweden’s aid in Cambodia. Skills development in the hospitality sector in Cambodia are of high importance for future growth and prosperity of the country and its people,” Samuel Hurtig, Sweden’s Head of Development Cooperation. “We are delighted to support the ACAC to train Cambodian youth with improved skill and knowledge of hospitality.”